Hampshire County Council Grants

Organisational Change Fund

The Organisational Change Fund supports specific, time-limited projects for organisations to achieve efficiencies and reduce on-going dependency on grant funding. This could include the exploration of:

  • developing new ways of working in partnership to deliver services  to primarily support a reduction in organisational costs and create  alternative funding opportunities (from non Hampshire County Council departments).

The fund will also support a reasonable approach to disinvesting from organisations that are currently funded, but are not considered to be priorities for the future.

Applicants must support the priorities and outcomes of Hampshire County Council’s ‘Open for Business’ Plan 2011-13 Download Acrobat Reader to view this PDF 312kb:

  1. Improved quality of life for all, particularly those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged.
  2. Enhance community engagement and partnership working – strengthening and empowering communities.
  3. Support and enable sustainable economic development – ‘place shaping’.
  4. Enhance Hampshire’s environment and promote sustainability.
  5. Develop new models of service provision, meeting the challenges of reduced resource and evolving national policies, whilst improving the quality of services for users.

What is funded?

A maximum grant of up to £10,000 can be awarded to eligible organisations within Hampshire to contribute towards specific, time-limited projects (usually no more than a one year period) to achieve organisational efficiencies and reduce on-going dependency on grant funding. Projects must have clear outcomes and must support a sustainable future business model.

A grant can be awarded to organisations currently receiving funding from Culture, Communities and Business Services grant schemes although are not considered to be priorities for the future, to support a reasonable approach to disinvestment.  There is no maximum for grants for organisations the County Council is disinvesting from.

Feasibility Studies and Management Consultants

In order to assist organisations, Hampshire County Council will support the costs of feasibility studies and management consultancy fees.

What isn't funded?

  • Organisations that do not meet the Fund’s criteria
  • Ongoing financial support or contributions towards a deficit
  • Individuals
  • Capital projects or capital grants for equipment
  • Services provided solely within the unitary authority areas of Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council
  • Parish/Town Councils
  • Other local authorities
  • Schools
  • Uniformed groups such as Scouts, Girl Guides, cadets etc

Please note we cannot retrospectively fund projects or proposals that have already been carried out. Grants are issued for projects or proposals to be carried out in the future. This includes any contracts issued to consultants before grant approval.

When to apply

Open for applications

Deadline for applications

Decision date

Period of Organisational Change

1 April 2014

12.30pm 1 August 2014

September (To be confirmed)

October 2014 – March 2015

Grant criteria and eligibility

We will fund organisations in Hampshire that are either not-for-profit, community-based organisations with local governance arrangements or organisations, partnerships and consortiums delivering cultural and recreational services. Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria

  • The project or proposals of the organisation(s) support the corporate priorities above.
  • The eligible organisation(s) has a clear management structure within its constitution or suitable governance/terms of reference.
  • The project or proposals must be specific, time-limited projects (usually no more than a one year period) to achieve organisational efficiencies and reduce on-going dependency on grant funding with  clear outcomes.  
  • Organisations will not normally be eligible for grants where they hold unallocated reserves in excess of one year’s running costs. Where it is judged that unallocated reserves are unreasonably in excess of what is required or not allocated for legitimate purposes, those organisations may receive a reduced grant. All charitable organisations are expected to have an agreed reserves policy that addresses their financial risk.
  • As a minimum standard we would expect your organisation to meet the minimum legal requirements along with policies and procedures to cover your organisation’s services/programmes. Generally we would expect organisations to have £10m cover for Public Liability and Employers' Liability Insurance.

Where appropriate, depending on the grant sum requested, the organisation will be expected to submit supporting documentation.  All documentation will be used, alongside the application form, to assess against the grant criteria.

Grants £5000 and over

  • Annual Accounts
  • Adults Safeguarding Policy
  • Child Protection Policy

Grants £10,000 and over

  • Annual Accounts
  • Adults Safeguarding Policy
  • Child Protection Policy
  • Three year business plan
  • Public Liability Insurance (usually £10m)
  • Employers' Liability Insurance (usually £10m)

Grants £25,000 and over

  • Annual Accounts
  • Adults Safeguarding Policy
  • Child Protection Policy
  • Three year business plan*
  • Equality and Diversity Policy
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Public Liability Insurance (usually £10m)
  • Employers' Liability Insurance (usually £10m)

On occasions, at our discretion, we may require further information and documentation in addition to the above to support the assessment process.

All successful applicants will be required to provide appropriate reporting and/or monitoring for their services/programmes, including completion of a 6 monthly and end of grant monitoring and evaluation forms.

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Contact

CCBS Grants
Hampshire County Council
Serle's House
Gar Street
Winchester
SO23 8GQ

Telephone 01962 845390

Email ccbsgrants@hants.gov.uk